Gameweek 12

Goalkeepers: 

Newcastle have been on the rise since Papisse Cisse fired those two goals and allegedly saved Pardew from getting the sack. We’re going to stick with Pardew’s guns and put our faith in Tim Krul (4.5). Three clean sheets in the last four gameweeks along with his affordable price tag, seems good enough for us. Newcastle will be facing a stiff opposition from QPR. But if they can keep Austin and Co. at bay, then everything should go according to plan.

Alternatives: Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon (4.4) seems to be getting the nod between the posts, ahead of teammate Mannone. No clean sheets yet for the big fellow. But 6 vital saves in the previous game and a match against a misfiring Leicester City squad could spell good news for him.

Defenders:

You could say Southampton’s clean sheet days are numbered owing to their tricky fixtures from Gameweek 13 onward. However we like to milk it till the last drop. So Nathaniel Clyne (5.4) continues to remain our main man among the Saint’s back 4.

Everton’s Leighton Baines (7.2) and West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell (5.4) have been in splendid form, in terms of defense, attack as well as bonus points. Although both of them will be facing each other for this gameweek, we will mostly be relying on this game to end up with a 0-0 scoreline, as either side are plagued with injuries to crucial players. The strategy could well be to sit this week out and be happy with a point. But then, that’s just what we think. Leighton should be fit in time to start this game.

Chelsea defense is just a must have from this gameweek onward, even though their clean sheets haven’t been a lot. But when they do ring in one, it’s Azpilicuetta (6.0) who brings in the bonus as well. Slotted straight back into the playing 11 after his suspension and is the cheapest out of all the other blues. Kieran Trippier (4.8) of Burnley seems to be finding his feet, getting an assist and maximum bonus points for his work last gameweek.

Alternatives: A few decent alternative options to consider this week are Manchester City’s Clichy (5.3), who will take on Swansea at home, and Stoke’s Shawcross (5.5), who faces a trip from last placed Burnley.

Midfielders:

All eyes will be on the big game between Arsenal and Manchester United. The history between these two teams, only spells out the word ‘GOALS’ and we made damn sure that we draft those people in, who will most likely be responsible for them. Van Gaal has confirmed that Di Maria (9.8) is fit to start this game, and that’s actually all we needed to know for a player of his caliber. Alexis Sanchez (10.6) has been just outstanding when it comes to finding the back of the net and he’ll be raring to go again with all guns blazing, against Manchester United at the Emirates.

Nacer Chadli (6.7) of Tottenham  has 6 goals to his name already and looks the most likeliest out of the Tottenham bunch to score a goal. His most recent goal against Stoke had a deadly finish from a tight angle, which even though he lost, but he still gained maximum bonus points for that finish. This is what Fantasy Football is all about. Looking out for talents such as his to boost your team up in the ranks. Another such talent is Dusan Tadic (7.9) of Southampton. He hasn’t been in the best of form recently. But this week seems like his last week to show it, and we’re going with our gut on him. He should be fit in time to start this week.

Chelsea’s Fabregas looks like he might not get to be a part of the playing 11 this week due to injury. So we’re going ahead with Oscar (8.4) who has recently signed a five year contract extension with the blues, and will be hoping to justify that faith, thanks to his current form.

Alternatives: Crystal Palace skipper Jedinak (5.1) will be back in action this week, after serving a one match ban last week. He has been in brilliant form for the Eagles, and we feel he will rack up some decent points against the defensively shabby Liverpool side. With a majority of Everton’s midfielders out with injury, we feel this will be Barkley’s (6.7)  week to shine. The youngster has been settling back into the team slowly, and could be the difference between the two teams, when they take on West Ham on Saturday.

Forwards:

The former Atletico Madrid strikers are going nowhere from our lineups. Diego Costa (10.9) and Kun Aguero (12.6) are among the top goal scorers in the premier league and don’t look like stopping any time soon.

The budget friendly new comer this week is Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez(4.9). 3 goals in 3 games for Pardew’s team has given his team 3 victories. We’re banking on him to be our differential this week and give us a victory for our FPL team as well.

Alternatives: QPR’s Austin (5.8) has been in red hot form, netting 4 goals in his previous 3 matches (two of which have come against table toppers Chelsea and Manchester City). He has only been shunted to the Alternatives this week since they face a renewed Newcastle side, that hasn’t conceded in 2 consecutive games. The other alternative is Southampton’s Pelle (8.5), who hasn’t scored any goals since his 2 goal haul in GW8, but like we said, it’s their last easy fixture before the going gets tough, so we expect some decent points from the Italian striker this week.